now that my dear friend christina is back from the beach, and she's seen her room, i can share my latest install with all of you. last month, i received an email from her husband michael asking if i could help him surprise christina with a master bed and bath makeover. her birthday is in early june and he wanted to do this for her while she was out of town. so...while she was at the beach during spring break last week, i headed to hickory with my installer, sneaky!
michael sent me photos and measurements, and i came up with the design concept. armed with the facts that christina had been wanting an upholstered headboard, and knowing that she likes blues and greens, it wasn't hard to pull together a palette of soothing blues with shades of mint and turquoise. she also loves chevron and had just picked up these amazing robert abbey lamps.
take a look at what i put together for the mcnally's master bedroom...
and now the best part! the before and afters!!!
i've known christina since the first day of high school and consider her one of my closest friends. i was SO excited to help michael pull this off, i can't think of anyone more deserving, xoxo! design swell. live well.
wow, only two weeks left of the ORC with blog 'calling it home' and the other linking participants! if you're just tuning in, the ORC (one room challenge) is a six-week project (i chose my guest bathroom) where i update my followers on the progress each thursday, leading up to the big reveal on may 8th! to catch up , check out the previous weeks...
as i had hoped, all my materials arrived this past week and construction started yesterday!!! i was SO happy to come home to this mess, i mean progress!
no more beadboard!!! no more vanity!!!
make sure you check out the other participants, there's lots of talent in this group and it's fun to follow along with all the different projects. design swell. live well.
it's time for another update on the ORC with blog 'calling it home' and many other fabulous designers! to get caught up, read about week one and week two. i'm in the process of renovating my guest bathroom in a six-week period and documenting every step of the way!
this week, i'm happy to announce that i received my vanity! it's gorgeous with its new black lacquered finish! in my opinion, lacquer can cure anything :) the sink, faucet and mirror also arrived. check out the vanity 'staged' with the sink and faucet. i'm thinking the faucet should be installed off to the side, it leaves the main part of the sink free for face washing - VERY important for those who know my bedtime routine!
i finally decided on a fabric for the shower curtain, take a peek at this amazing design by robert allen.
i feel like lots of progress happened this week, even though we haven't started one bit of construction. i'm not starting to stress yet, demo should begin next week and i hope putting the room back together won't be so bad. fingers crossed!
check out the other projects via the link below. hope to share some progress pics of the room next week. design swell. live well.
if you're following my progress with the 'one room challenge' linking event with blog calling it home, it's time for an update! if you're just now joining, please read about week one to understand what's going on. i'm tackling my guest bathroom...
the main thing i tackled this week was the tile. i visited the showroom on saturday to confirm my floor tile selection, then went home to measure. after triple checking the measurements, i placed my order on monday. for the shower wall tile, i wanted to save $$$. i know where to splurge and where to save, so i set off for home depot. i decided to change the pattern slightly and make it more of a tone-on-tone look. mark was nice enough to hold the pieces for me :) i'm using 'snow white' and 'almond' in a striped pattern. all the tile should arrive next week!
while measuring, i realized the mirror i selected isn't going to allow me to get a sconce on each side of it, it's too big, so i've been looking for another mirror. luckily, i spent a few days at market in high point and have lots of options running through my head. i'm also toying with changing the sconces, blame it on all the cool things you see at market! speaking of, check out who lindsey and i met monday! she is STUNNING!
that's it for this week's update. hoping to get the vanity, sink and faucet this week, fingers crossed! check out the other participants' projects by clicking on the icon below. and as always, design swell. live well.
for those of you not familiar with the 'one room challenge' let me get you up to speed! linda, of the blog calling it home, hosts this event twice a year. she assembles 20 design bloggers to make over one room in a six-week period. each week, the bloggers post their progress and you can follow along. linda has graciously opened this event to anyone willing to accept the challenge and i've jumped on board, renovating the guest bathroom in my house. i'm a little nervous, but totally excited about this!!!
a little info on the room...
our mid century home was a 'flip' and we all know what goes along with a flip, usually less than stellar craftsmanship, blah finishes and builder-basic fixtures. not exactly designer-friendly! i will say, it could be worse, but this room is so not up to par with the rest of our house i've spent the past year working on (feel free to check it out here).
this is technically the guest bath, but it's also the only bathroom in the house with a tub, which means this is also the kids' bath. i also get ready in this room everyday; hair and makeup. can i just say, beadboard panelling has NO place in a mid century house, what were these guys thinking???
on my to-do list for this bathroom:
that's quite a list for a six-week redo, but my contractor is on board and i'm ready! check out my design board for the room. there will be color, but i'm keeping that a surprise, you'll have to follow along each week to see what i have up my sleeve!
and now the room as it exists today, just look at that seam!
i bet you're wondering about this...no, we didn't buy the house in this state.
back in february, the screw inside the hot water knob became stripped and the water wouldn't turn off, NOT GOOD. the shower fixture had to be replaced, which meant removing some of the old tiles. instead of patching them back, i told my contractor to leave the tub in a temporary state knowing i would be replacing everything before too long. my oldest said it looked like we lived in a cabin, he's seven. goodbye plywood, hello new tile!
and that's my plan for the one room challenge. check back each thursday to follow my progress along with all the other talented designers out there. if you're like me, when i discovered the last ORC, i spent hours going over all the great projects, you're sure to find inspiration. oh, and everyone who is new to evaru design, welcome!
let the fun begin!
i just put the final touches on my install for mike and summer shelton. we added some elements to the foyer at the end of the project, so i wanted to wait and photograph everything at once. i spent the morning at their lake tillery home yesterday; take a look at their foyer and family room now and how we got there...
as a refresher, you can read the entire back story here. we kept the golden yellow wall color, since their house is open concept and all the walls flow together. pulling natural colors from sand and surf, i started with this amazing jonathan adler for kravet fabric. not only does it capture all the colors i wanted to use, it has a bergallo-esque design reminiscent of waves.
add a few more patterns to the mix...
the shelton's have a one-year-old, so having a soft rug underfoot was key. the neutral tones of this graphic striped rug was the perfect grounding element to define the seating area.
after adding a new sectional, some accent furniture and a few accessories, the room looks like this...
and now the foyer...
the long expanse of wall leading to the family room needed more substantial pieces. i suggested flanking a new console with x-benches for more seating. an awkward nook beside the stair became another cozy seating area, perfect for overflow when entertaining. we also switched out the overly ornate sconces to something more in keeping with the shelton's tastes.
the family pet wasted no time making himself at home on the new rug. happy customers all around, can't ask for more than that! i'm looking forward to more projects with the sheltons, stay tuned! design swell. live well.
recently, new clients Kristina & Adam contacted me to help them finish off their open concept living/kitchen/dining room... the couple found us on houzz and were immediately drawn to our versatile design concepts. these young professionals need more than finishing off in their new home and I have just the plan for them.
the current space is dark & gray, I plan to lighten and pull together some of their existing pieces with some new furnishings for a cohesive adult look, which is exactly what they are after.
take a look at my plans for their spaces....
In the dining area, the floors are a dark walnut, the table is a dark stained wood, and their current chairs are a dark leather... I want to break up some of the darkness with a new rug that will help define this area, and add in new head chairs.
Silver lamps on their buffet will help as well.
After I come in and work my magic, the couple is sure to love their new space!
I can't wait!!!
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